Neil Armstrong died today. He was 82-years-old. Armstrong grew up fascinated by flight – and growing up in Ohio, the home of the Wright Brothers, he was in the right place. He learned to fly before he got his driver’s license. In 1969, Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. The New York Times obituary reports that 1/5 of the world’s population – 600 million people – were watching or listening to the landing. Today it’s nearly impossible to imagine 1/5 of the world’s population joining together to witness a single event.
There are two children’s books about Neil Armstrong that I plan to put on display when school begins after Labor Day. They are:
Who Is Neil Armstrong? by Roberta Edwards (part of the Who Was series of biographies. These popular biographies are solid introductions to well-known people)
One Giant Leap: The Story of Neil Armstrong by Don Brown (a picture book biography about the small town boy who loved planes. This is not a book with loads of details. In other words, it’s not a great resource for book reports, but…it will inspire young readers to learn more about the space exploration.)
Armstrong was a quiet man. He did not seek the spotlight, but today he is rightfully in it.